Environmental Protection Act 1994 - Queensland


Object or Purpose of this legislative Instrument:

To protect Queensland's environment while allowing for development that improves the total quality of life, both now and in the future, in a way that maintains the ecological processes on which life depends.

Scope of this legislative Instrument:

The Act applies to all persons. It imposes a general environmental duty where a person must not carry out any activity that causes, or is likely to cause, environmental harm unless the person takes all reasonable and practicable measures to prevent or minimise the harm. It also imposes a duty on a person carrying out an activity to notify the administering authority of any serious or material environmental harm caused or threatened by carrying out the activity, unless it is authorised.

The Act requires a person conducting any environmentally relevant activity (ERA) to hold a registration certificate for the ERA. There must also be a development approval for the activity, unless it is self-assessable development that is able to operate under a code of environmental compliance. The person must comply with the conditions of the development approval and/or code.

The Act also provides for the creation of regulations and environmental protection policies that are binding on all persons.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Environmental Protection Regulation 2008
  • Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulation 2000
  • Environmental Protection (Air) Policy 2008
  • Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009
  • Environmental Protection (Noise) Policy 2008

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Additional Information


For legislation and regulation information, visit https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au(Opens in new window)

Administering agency

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Environmental Services and Regulation

Environmental Performance and Coordination Branch

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Permit and Licence Management

Mailing address: GPO Box 2454
Queensland 4001
Phone: 1300 130 372
Fax: 07 3330 5875
Email: palm@ehp.qld.gov.au